An episode of "The Fred Waring Show". This variety show is a mixed bag. The highlight is the fun and entertaining "Autumn in New York" sequence (sadly with some sprocket-hole damage). The low-point is the entire second-half, which recreates a turn-of-the-century minstrel show. It's embarrassing, but even if I were to ignore the out-dated blackface, it just plain isn't funny. Painfully corny. Then again maybe you'll like it. Who knows. But it does have the original commercials for General Electric!
August 8, 2012 Subject:
Typically excellent Fred Waring, but...
It's hard to watch the minstrel portion of this show if you're sensitive to, or on guard against, racist attitudes. I'm sure Fred meant this as a tribute to the highly entertaining minstrel tradition, and he did it his usual high production values.
If you can set aside modern sensibilities for 30 minutes, you can enjoy and appreciate an excellent representation of a traditional minstrel show boosted by a top-notch orchestra and chorus.
May 12, 2012 Subject:
Tried to watch
I tried to watch this, but halfway through my blood sugar levels began to dangerously rise due to the overwhelming amount of corn syrup and sugar-coating, and I had to switch to something a little less disgustingly sweet.